Birth certificate shows given name as Ruth Lucile Mallory. This may not have been known by Ruth. She always used Beatrice as her middle name.
Ruth was born in Knox County, Illinois. She lived with her parents until their divorce circa 1926. The divorce was sudden and bitter, and the consequences were that Ruth's father's family took sides with Lucille. Ruth and her mother, Lucille, lived with her paternal aunt and uncle, Molly and John Kensler , 108 E. Reel Avenue, Vincennes, IN. Her mother worked retail at a grocery store, and this couple helped raise Ruth. Lucille eventually met and married Joseph Anderson of Billett, Illinois and moved Ruth into his household, which included his widowed mother.
Ruth attended two grade schools: Fremont and Billett in Lawrence County. Fremont was near an oil field worker residential community where Joe's family was to live as part of his employment with Ohio Oil Company. (See 1930 US Census where Ruth's name is incorrectly given as Ruth Anderson.) Later they moved to RR1, Lawrenceville, IL ( Billett,) into his mother's residence to care for her until her passing. That home remained theirs.
Ruth learned how to play piano and took voice lessons as a youth. She often served as a church pianist her entire life, and was told by her voice teacher she had talent for opera. She only wanted to sing hymns.
Ruth attended Bridgeport High School her freshman and sophomore years, and the family move to Billett transferred her to graduate from Lawrenceville Township High School in 1941.
After graduation, She enrolled in Nurse's Training at Good Samaritan Hospital and attained a Registered Nurse Degree. She did not attend her graduation, because she contracted appendicitis the night before, and was hospital confined that day. In 1994, Vincennes University awarded her and her living classmates an Associate's Degree in Nursing in celebration of their 50th year of graduation from Nurses Training.
After Graduation, she and childhood friend and fellow Good Samaritan graduate, Vera Archibald moved first to Greencastle, IN and later to Indianapolis, IN to work as nurses in Hospitals there. Vera remained in Indianapolis, when Ruth moved back to Lawrence County, IL and shared an apartment with her cousin, Doris McClure in what had been military housing on the grounds of George Field in Lawrence County.
In Lawrence County, Ruth worked as the Lawrenceville School Nurse, serving all schools in town. She had no car, so she found a room with a teacher, Goldie Solomon and walked to and from the schools each day. She also made home visits, and created a clothes closet for children in need in her office. During the summer, she would serve as a volunteer nurse at the McCormick's Creek State Park in Indiana where summer camping was offered.
She and Carmen Clark had known each other as children when she lived in Billett. They went to grade school and church together. After the war, they met again, and shortly married on Saturday, October 26, 1946. Vera Archibald Burke was her witness and attendant. Vera's husband, Larry Burke was Carmen's. They married in the home of Rev. Homer ? in Bridgeport, Illinois in the evening. Ruth stepped out of the car into a mud puddle just before the wedding. That was always a memory she shared with great remorse of becoming muddy on her wedding day. No family was present. On Sunday, the families had a meal together to celebrate.
Of note: Ruth's story of their wedding is that in 1946, post war recovery had not included manufacture of goods. Gifts such as towels, dishware, bedding and such were impossible to find to buy. The family on this Sunday brought them the extras they had to help set up a household. They moved into an apartment in George Field together and set up a home until a flood caused them to evacuate. Carmen's brother, Paul Clark remodeled the attic of his home in Sumner, IL to give them a place to stay. They remained living there for some time.
Their next home was rented from John and Margaret Anderson on Maple Street in Lawrenceville. The owner was Ruth's Step-father's brother and sister in law. This is the residence where their daughter, Bonita Lynn Clark was born in April 1953.
Within the year. they bought their first home on 1816 16th Street, Lawrenceville, IL. Ruth quit work as School Nurse to be a housewife and mother. She returned to nursing on night shift when Boni was three years old to help with finances.
After a Florida vacation in 1958, Ruth and Carmen decided to move to Florida. Initially, they planned to live in Jacksonville, owning a laundromat. They sold their home and took what they could put in their car and drove to Jacksonville in 1959. When they saw the laundromat was in poor condition with competition on the same block, they just drove away. Ruth had a cousin, Larry Fox (Nancy), who lived in St. Petersburg, FL. They drove there to visit and decide what to do. They bought a radiator repair shop in downtown St. Petersburg near Central Avenue. Ruth went to work as a nurse in a local hospital which she was told was opening the second ICU in the USA. They chose Ruth to be trained as an ICU nurse.
Homesickness caused Ruth to want to return home, So in 1960, the family brought their mobile home from Florida back to the side yard of her mother's home in Billett, where Ruth had lived before.
Ruth was hired at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital and served as nurse, Unit Nurse Supervisor and Acting Director of Nursing. She quit nursing in 1969 to become a homemaker and to be a church pianist/organist for almost the rest of her life. She took in her mother, Lucille and was her caregiver until her passing in Ruth's home on State Street in Lawrenceville.
Upon Carmen's retirement, they became Turkey Farmers for Purdue Farms, building a turkey barn in Billett at the former residence of Guy and Fern Leighty (Carmen's Aunt and Uncle) and moving back to the Anderson farm that they now owned after Lucille's passing. This farm was later sold to Burns Farms of St. Francisville, IL and they retired completely.
Health complications in 2011 caused Ruth and Carmen to move with their daughter to 404 N. Main Street, Mason City, IL. Carmen died shortly after, and Ruth continued to live in Mason City until her death.
She was a Christian woman who served others in nursing and music all her life.
MyHeritage.com [online database]. Lehi, UT, USA: MyHeritage (USA) Inc. https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10134/1930-united-states-federal-census Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration publication T626, 2,667 rolls.
Record: https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-10134-162885556/ruth-anderson-in-1930-united-states-federal-census Ruth Anderson in household of Joe Anderson Year: 1930; State: Illinois; County: Lawrence; Township: Denison; NARA Publication: T626; NARA Roll: 532; Enum. District: 20; Sheet: 11-B; Page: 742; Line: 90
Citation: Ruth Anderson Birth: Circa 1923 - Indiana, United States Residence: 1930 - Denison, Lawrence, Illinois, USA Parents: Joe Anderson, Lucille Anderson
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